22 years old UK born Nigerian footballer snubs England for Nigeria



Nigerian forward Viv Solomon-Otabor has turned down a chance to represent for England for Super Eagles in the nearest future.

The 22-year-old London born was called up for England's U21 2019 UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland which they won 7-0 and 2-0 respectively but the Birmingham City winger declined Aidy Boothroyd called.

Otabor who has been Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) target alongside Ademola Lookman has explained that his love for Super Eagles and he his hoping a chance to put on the green and white jersey as speaks to Complete Sports.

"Now I’m 22 I feel like I’ve got a lot experience with over 80 league appearances under my belt and if I get into the Super Eagles team I can do well.

"I’ve matured physically and I’m more powerful than when I was before. So a chance is all I need to prove myself.”

"I hope for an opportunity to show the manager and his staff what I can do.

Otabor trained with the Nigeria U23s last summer and was in line to make his long-awaited debut for the Samson Siasia-led side in November/December 2015 but the Africa U23 Cup of Nations fell outside Fifa’s international match calendar.

"It was rather unfortunate I could not make the team because the games didn’t fall on the FIFA’s international match calendar,”

"But I hope I get the chance to prove my worth like Moses, Iwobi and Semi Ajayi are now doing." he added.


Otabor has scored once in seven appearances for Birmingham City but the youngster alongside with Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo are
expected to be called up for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2019.

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